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Silicon Beach emerges as, what else?, a tech-heavy stretch on the West Side

Snapchat. Tinder. SpaceX. Riot Games, creator of League of Legends.

These companies are part of the reason Southern California’s tech ecosystem is drawing some attention away from Silicon Valley. Much of that attention is concentrated on a stretch from Venice up to Santa Monica known colloquially as Silicon Beach, where Google and Twitter have set down L.A. roots.

“The tech scene seemed to explode during the last three years with the rapid emergence of accelerators, incubators and co-working environments on the West Side,” said Scott MacKinnon, vice president of operations at Technical Connections, an L.A.-based IT staffing firm founded in 1984, long before the Internet took off. “Suddenly you had scores of companies springing up every 90 days, looking for tech talent. Some have made it big, and some are gone, but the entrepreneurial bug had bit.” READ MORE

PBS has a more highbrow show about Silicon Valley than Bravo…go figure.

Looks Like PBS Made A ‘Silicon Valley’ TV Show That Could Really Be Worth Watching

Those who dreaded the ‘Silicon Valley’ reality TV series that aired this past year on Bravo did not have much to worry about after all. The show received mostly negative reviews and had lalackluster performance in the ratings department, and it doesn’t seem likely to return — at least not to chronicle the tech scene here in California…http://ow.ly/go66Z

UPDATE – WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY ONLINE:

http://video.pbs.org/video/2332168287/